To breathe life to others
The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away. I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame. Isaiah 50:4-7 NLT
The Sovereign Lord does not abandon nor forsaken those that are His. In times of difficulties, He comforts those who are weary. He sends us encouragement and each day He is there to provide us wisdom. John 3:16, says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son...” It is God’s Sovereign love that motivates Him to send His Son to redeem us. God is committed in fulfilling His word and His promises. “The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me...” (Isaiah 50:5). When everyone else fails us, God will never fail. He is wise enough to help us even in our weaknesses. God is my Counselor to whom “I have listened.” Our lives are sustained when we obey Him. When we commit ourselves fully to God, we will be persecuted. Just like our Lord Jesus Christ, we will suffer when we make a stand identifying ourselves with God. The Lord Jesus Christ chose the way of suffering. He gave His back to those who beat Him and His cheeks to those who pulled out His beard. He did not hide His face from mockery and spitting. Isaiah foresaw the suffering the Lord Jesus Christ will endure to attain salvation for the people. With His suffering, He was not disgraced but exalted. “Because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9). The Lord Jesus Christ did not rebel and did not turn His back even when He went through suffering. We are called to follow His example. When we disobey our call, it affects our claim and integrity that we are His children. This will diminish our capacity to influence others and will affect our witness for the Lord.